Couple Vacancies

Domestic Couple ~ St Paul de Vence/Courchevel

An experienced and multi-skilled couple are required to work for this British client at their homes in St Paul de Vence and their chalet in Courchevel. Candidates must speak fluent English and at least one should be able to speak some French. A locally-based villa manager is also employed and will be at the property one or two days per week.

This client requires one of the couple to be able to be a very good family cook, they are not concerned if this is the male or the female of the couple. The couple however must work well as a team with each assisting the other in their daily tasks, this will include the male assisting with housekeeping duties when necessary. Both must be well-organised, able to work autonomously, have previous experience working in a similar property and understand the need to be flexible in the high season months.

Duties will include:

Cook/Housekeeper:

  • Provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to a high standard.

  • Create and plan menus with the fresh, local produce

  • Provisioning for villa & managing all stock levels.

  • Pre-arrival checks with guests to find out about any restaurant bookings, dietary requirements and menu options.

  • Strictly maintain all food, health and hygiene kitchen and villa standards on a daily basis.

  • Sole responsibility for keeping villa kitchen clean and tidy at all times.

  • Assist partner in other areas (cleaning, laundry, serving, turn downs)

 

Housekeeper/Maintenance/Driver:

 

  • Together with Cook/Housekeeper, oversee and assist with the overall cleanliness of the Villa.

  • Be proactive to ensure the Villa, swimming pool, tennis court and gardens remain in excellent condition, sweeping and cleaning of outside terraces and furniture, managing and overseeing trades persons/gardeners.

  • Maintain all accounts and submit to office.

  • Help set and clear tables, serving food and drinks when required.

  • All driving duties as required.

  • Open and close down villa

  • Carrying out winter maintenance as required.

  • Pet care – walking and feeding

 

At least one of the couple should have an EU driving license or able to convert their British license when necessary. This client is offering a 6 month CDD for the summer season and if the summer season is completed successfully this will be converted to a CDI by the end of the year.

All applicants must be EU nationals or have valid French work permits/cartes de sejours.

Unfortunately this client cannot consider candidates with children or pets.

Salary: €5k npm neg

Start date: Mid May to early June

Domestic Couple ~ Upper Var

An experienced domestic couple are required to work in a large contemporary country home in the Var region, north of Barjols. The employer and small family are in residence only 12-16 weeks per year which includes 6-8 weeks in the summer months, school holidays – excluding the Easter weekends - and are always in residence at Christmas and New Year. Working hours 6-8 hours per day – 5 days per week when employers not in residence, longer hours and days required when employers are in residence with any overtime worked given as time off when outside of employers visits.

It is essential in this role that along with general maintenance, the male is also able to assist with housekeeping and is able to serve at table when the clients are in residence ~ or is willing to learn the simple table service required by the family.

During the summer season two part-time housekeepers are also employed to assist in the general cleaning of the property.

The female of the couple will provide the usual housekeeping services as well as being a good cook. She should be able to easily prepare simple French cuisine, a chocolate mousse, a ‘pot au feu’ etc. The client is willing to teach the recipes that she likes however the cook should already have good culinary skills and a knowledge of traditional French cuisine/food preparation. Both of the couple should be able to drive and it is essential that both speak French, the male to fluency, able to discuss any maintenance issues etc in French with local contractors and suppliers.

Duties

Female:

Housekeeping

Laundry

Cooking (usually only for 3/4 but in summer can occasionally be up to 8/10 guests)

Shopping

Driving

Table setting and service

Errands

Conversational French

Dog Care

Male:

Light gardening (team of gardeners employed)

Property Maintenance

Driving

Housekeeping

Table setting and service

Fluent French

Dog care

It is vital that the couple are animal lovers as the employer’s 4yr old rescue dog is a year-round resident. On occasions when the couple are taking holiday leave, a dog sitter will be found however it is expected that the couple keeps the dog with them as a daily companion. She is very affectionate and loves cuddles and treats.

Applicants should be fit, active, energetic and enjoy a truly rural way of life as this property is located in the hills of the upper Var region. A separate 150m2 villa is offered to the couple as accommodation with this role and there is a second swimming pool away from the main house which is available for use by the employer’s young child, her nanny and the domestic couple. The successful candidates will initially complete a 5 day trial at the property before a longer term contract will be offered.

Salary: €4.5kneg

Start date: ASAP

Live-In Housekeeper/Houseman Couple ~ Ramatuelle ~ 6 months(possibly long term)

An experienced housekeeping/houseman couple are required to join the interior team of a large luxury villa in Ramatuelle. The property already has a resident manager, two permanent resident housekeepers, a resident chef, service staff etc. Duties will be varied including cleaning, bed-making, turndown, laundry, setting of tables, pool area servicing, guest services etc. The male of the couple will also be asked to assist on the exterior of the property, cleaning terraces, minor handyman duties, driving etc. This role is offering a seasonal UK contract which is only a viable option this year therefore if the couple remain in this role long term, alternative contract arrangements will be necessary. An independent cottage on the grounds of the property is offered as accommodation. This client will also consider employing two single people and accommodation of own room with ensuite in the staff quarters is offered. Candidates must speak fluent English and have a driving license.

Salary: €5k pm for the couple

Start date: April/May

Summer Couple ~ St Tropez     POSITION NOW FILLED

An experienced seasonal housekeeper/houseman couple are required to work from mid-June until mid-September in a 6 bedroom villa in St Tropez. The British family and their guests are in residence for several weeks over the summer at which time the couple will be extremely busy, generally working 6 days per week with some flexibility if 7/7 is required, the couple will be able to take the extra time worked, as time off during periods when the villa is not occupied.
Duties will include:

  • Formal housekeeping, to a high standard

  • Laundry, ironing and fine fabric care

  • Unpacking and packing of the suitcases

  • General cleaning and daily organisation of the property

  • Driving duties, local and airport runs

  • Local errands

  • Household services when required

  • Greet and take of the family and guests  - Formal and informal

  • Formal and informal service

  • Support the chef

  • Assist the gardeners with the cleaning of the pool and surrounding areas

Accommodation is offered onsite with this role and it is essential that the couple speak fluent English and that both drive; some working knowledge of French would be an advantage. This client is offering a British contract - which, despite Brexit, is still legally viable this summer therefore applicants must be happy to be contracted for this period on a UK contract.
Salary: TBD
Start date: Mid-June

Summer Villa Stewardess (or Couple) ~ Cannes ~ Mid-May to End Sept

An experienced villa stewardess with a flexible, friendly and professional approach is required to work for 4.5 months in an ultra-luxury villa close to Cannes. Applicants should eb a good ‘all-rounder’ who can multi-task and is prepared to help out in other areas when necessary, duties will vary between the usual housekeeping and service duties to helping walk the family and cleaning pool areas etc if required. This is a fully staffed villa however when things are busy all employees are expected to help each other out if required.

This client is also looking for a person to work on the exterior of the property therefore this role could suit a couple looking for work during the high season months. Accommodation is not offered with this role therefore applicants must live within easy travelling distance of Cannes. Candidates must be able to speak fluent English and preferably a reasonable understanding of French as the long term housekeeper does not speaks only French. A monthly salary is offered and ideally the client would like it if staff can work 4 days per week in the quiet weeks and then 6 days per week in the busy weeks between mid-July and end of August. Applicants must have an EU passport or have been granted working rights in France. UK nationals are able to apply only if they were considered as permanently resident in France before 1st January 2021.

Salary: €2.5knpm (CDD)

Start date: Mid-May

Domestic Couple - St Paul de Vence  UNDER OFFER

An experienced couple is required to work in a luxury family and rental property close to St Paul de Vence. The villa will be used by the family quite frequently at weekends throughout the year and in high season the property will be rented to vacationing clients, at which time the couple will be expected to look after the villa rental clients in the same way as they care for the family.

Candidates must be able to provide the following services:

  • Good family cook able to prepare international cuisine to a good level ( male or female)

  • Excellent housekeeping/laundry etc

  • Shopping

  • Assist garden team when required

  • Good all-round handyman

  • Pool Care

  • Daily setting up/clearing away of pool area in high season

  • Driver (occasional)

  • Excellent ‘Front of House’ skills

  • Flexible approach

  • Able to work autonomously

  • Fluent English and conversational French

  • Liaise with local contractors and suppliers

A handyman is also employed at the villa as the property is extensive and must be maintained to a high level. Please note that this position will not suit a couple where the male is a professional chef unless he has solid prior professional experience in a similar couple position working a large proportion of the time on the exterior of the property as handyman/gardener. At least one of the couple must have a driving license. Independent accommodation is offered with this role – unfortunately couples with dependent children or pets cannot be considered.

Salary: TBD( guideline €4knpm)

Start date: March/April

Please note: Applicants for positions based in France MUST have a current working visa/carte de sejour or be the holder of an EU passport

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